Mac mini-HDTV connection guide

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One of the things that makes the Intel-based Mac mini such an attractive media center is the slimmed-down desktop’s video output capabilities—just hook the DVI port up to a high-definition television set, and you can watch the high-def movies stored on your mini the way they were meant to be seen.

Would that it were that simple. Few HDTVs have DVI connections, so you have to find a way to connect your Mac to whatever port your television does offer (a High Definition Multimedia Interface port, more often than not). Then, there’s the matter of what to do if the native resolution on your HDTV isn’t one that Mac OS X offers. Some users wind up with a strip of unused pixels around the edge of the screen; others are treated to a picture that bleeds past the monitor’s visible edges. Adding to the confusion is that different HDTVs face different challenges—there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.

To bring a small amount of order to the chaos, we’re asking Macworld editors to share their experiences hooking up a Mac mini to an HDTV—what went right, what went wrong, and how they overcame whatever problems they faced. We’ll update this page periodically as we get the chance to test out more HDTV models.

And we want to hear about your experiences. If you’ve tried hooking up a Mac mini to an HDTV, just e-mail us a detailed account of what you did and whether you’re satisfied with your setup. We’ll include reader responses as part of our online Mac mini/HDTV guide.

Last updated: July 28, 2006

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